Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Wedding Details

So, here is a little recap of some of our wedding details. These are the details my mom (because shes wonderful) and I worked our butts off to try and make perfect that I'm sure no one will remember, so I made sure to have my photographer get pics of it all so that all my work was not in vain!

Here you go.
The rosary around my bouquet is my grandmothers, its the rosary I remember her praying with all my life, so it was my something blue, and obviously it was borrowed too- (however my other something borrowed was my necklace from my other grandmother, I loved having pieces from both of them on my wedding day!) 
 This is one of my very favorite "details" of my wedding. It is a purple, green, and blue (wedding colors) chandelier that hung next to the archway we got married under. It was definitely a labor of love! First painting it was a pain, and then trying to figure out how to hang it, where to hang it, how to make the lights work, etc. was ridiculous, but it all worked out and I love it, now I am going to hang it in my office!

My shoes!!!  You can also see our arch in the background with our chandelier.
 So this is our first kiss, but look past that and you can see our arch with peacock feathers woven in it.
1 of my 3 cupcake trees- we had 350 cupcakes! I loved them! We decided to do cupcakes instead of cake since we don't really like cake, it was cheaper, and we didn't want to do a cake cutting. 
Our cupcake topper, two little peacocks sitting on a tree (a cupcake tree that is)! 
I had an agua fresca bar, we had I think 3 or 4 different types of agua fresca and lemonade (in case you didn't realize, I am hispanic, so agua fresca for those who don't know what it is, is a Mexican fresh fruit drink)
 One of my centerpieces. We used assorted clear, blue, green, and purple glass jars, and we places some flowers and peacock feathers in a few of them, I also had alternating blue runners, or long peacock feathers as runners. 
 The table settings looked like this (but hopefully they had a straighter spoon). Each table was alternating as well with a green big napkin and a blue smaller or vice versa- blue big and green small. As you can see, I LOVE color, and I don't shy away from bold, I also tend to not be especially traditional!

Just decorations....
The big picture!
 This pic isn't really a detail but I wanted you to see my bouquet because it was absolutely gorgeous, I LOVED LOVED LOVED it, so here is one angle of it, sorry I don't have a better one on my computer! 

I hope you enjoyed the details we worked so hard for, I know I did!

Friday, May 13, 2011

House Painted!

Whew! My house is officially painted! This is a huge relief, and I will be honest it was a much bigger job than I expected. I told you that a friend who used to be a professional painter was helping us with it, but he is just one guy and our house needed a lot of prep, so the prep took about 2 1/2 days alone- with scraping paint caulking, taping and covering windows, then painting the main color of the house (thank God for the sprayer) took about 4ish hours, then we still had to paint all of the trim and the garage- so in all it took about 4 days to get the whole thing done, but its done, woohoo!

Here is a picture before, in case you forgot.
Here are some pictures mid painting project- the house was painted but the garage and trim still needed to be done

And the mostly finished product! One window trim still needs to be painted but here is out freshly painted house!

Now I am just working on sprucing up the yard, planting some flowers, etc. It is slowly becoming more and more like home!

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Friday, May 6, 2011

Wedding and Stuff

So I got such great news today! My house is going to be painted this weekend, woohoo! I am seriously so excited, here I just said I was crossing my fingers it would be soon and now my husband took the initiative and got it planned, yay! I should be honest and say we aren't actually painting the house ourselves, a friend of my husbands was previously a professional painter but has retired, so he is going to do it for us cheap, and we'll help of course! I am so excited my house is going to be slightly less funky looking on the outside (unfortunately we still need to tackle the landscape)! Anyways, I promise to post update pics when its done!

Now that I've said all that on to some wedding recaps! I'm kind of over the whole wedding thing (I know I'm terrible), it was so fun and so wonderful, but so much work, so I'm not going to talk too much about it, I'll just give the highlights then give you the link to my wedding video and and some pics. So.... we had Mexican food (because I'm Mexican and thats just always what I thought I'd do) and it was a total hit- not to mention so cheap! We had about 300 guests (yikes!), and we wanted the ceremony to be short and sweet, I didn't want a lot of traditional things- no bouquet or garter toss, no cake cutting, etc. I really just wanted to have this great celebration and it totally was, so here ya go! 

Wedding music video: By Tyler Faires Productions
He was absolutely amazing to work with, very professional and creative, I could not love my video and experience with him more!

Wedding Photography: Betsey Walton Photography
She is so freaking amazing words can't even say! I love her and I love her photos, she is so sweet and easy to work with but also so talented! 

First here are some photos from my DIY fauxto booth- 
 My silly mom, aunt and grandma
 A few of my ladies
 Myself and all of my bridesmaids
 The Newlyweds!!!!
 My brother and his girlfriend
My new family (the in laws)!

Now on to some pro photos: I'm going to be very self absorbed and highlight only a few of just the two of us, I'll show you some details and other pics on a later post.

 This sunset really happened, isn't it gorgeous! *swoon*
 Our first kiss as husband and wife, woohoo!

Alright, this recap is done, I'm tired all over again just looking through the photos and remembering how much work it all was. Also on that note I should say how very very much I appreciate all of my wonderful friends and family for helping me plan, organize, set up, clean up, and celebrate my wedding! 

I promise to give more pictures and details soon!!! And check back in for pictures of our house paint job!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Projects, Projects, Projects!

It seems like being a new homeowner means there is ALWAYS something to do. I am always cleaning or organizing, or decorating, but my favorite part is planning all the ways I'm going to redo things in my house! 

Here is what you should know about me and my house before I continue: First you should know I am cheap, like real real cheap, I don't pay full price or normal price for anything, I am a bargain shopper! So when I bought a house I went cheap, we bought a house we really liked that we could afford on one income (should anything ever happen to one of our jobs), its in a neighborhood we like, it has many of the things we thought were important- 2 bathrooms, a decent neighborhood, central heat and air, a great backyard, and lots of potential!  But it is a work in progress, and boy did it need some work! It was move in ready (thank God!) but since moving in we have undertaken many projects, and I love to dream about all of my future projects! 

Here is an picture from the realtors listing of my sad, little, needs a lot of work, but very dearly loved, house! (I swear it looks cuter on the inside!)

Yup this baby needs a paint job, and some TLC, I know! 
Since we bought the house we painted everything on the inside (except the bathrooms and the ceilings)- so that project is done, and we will be painting the bathrooms when we redo the bathrooms which will be soon! 
The first project on the agenda is our hall bath, here is what that looked like before we moved in. 

Yes its true, that is a green vanity (which shockingly enough is worth some money because it is so very vintage- and I did contemplate keeping and revamping it- but it needs a new faucet, sink and counter top and it just is not very functional, no real storage space, so I decided not to), a green toilet and a green tub! It is pretty terrible, and before we moved in a we put in a pretty new WHITE toilet, and covered the tub with a shower curtain, and this month we will be repainting, putting in new flooring and putting in a new vanity, counter top and sink! I am sooooo excited! I already purchased my vanity and sink counter top combo, and the best part is it was totally free to us because we had many Home Depot and Lowes gift cards from our wedding! I will update with more pics and details of the redo when we get it done, I will also tell you all about how we did it on a budget- a major budget, the whole thing will mostly be free, however for people who can't get it free it was still very budget friendly, but more about that when we do an update!

My next project will be painting the outside of the house, woo hoo, our neighbors wont hate us anymore for dragging down their property values (and I mean dragging WAY down)! This should hopefully be done by the end of June (fingers crossed) and maybe even sooner! And the constant work in progress will be the yard, and boy is that overwhelming! And lately I've been dreaming about my kitchen, I know exactly how I'm going to do a low cost redo of that, it wont be a forever dream kitchen redo but it will be a for now and so much better kitchen redo!

So I am going to leave you with this picture of a beautiful dream kitchen *swoon* maybe someday I will have a big beautiful island like this! Until then I will be perfectly happy with simply owning my own kitchen even if it is a long way off from this!